Why Rely on Remote Home Security?

Sep 11, 2013 home security, remote access, security, 0 Comments
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Embrace today’s remote home security features because the days of running cables and wires all over your house in order to keep it safe are gone. Having a home security system installed used to mean basically turning your house over to a construction crew and having them punch holes in walls and ceilings. This is no longer the case with the proliferation of systems making use of various wireless technologies and protocols.

What are Remote Sensors?

Naturally, with the installation of your remote home security system, you’re going to need more than a central control panel. This includes things such as motion sensors — which utilize infrared or ultrasonic technology to detect body heat or motion — and other sensors that are placed near or in windows and doors. These sensors consist of two parts that, when separated (such as when a door or window is opened) will trigger an alarm.

Remote cameras are also available. These are commonly placed where doors are visible, used not only for break-ins, but to monitor anyone who comes knocking at your door. Sounds like a handy way to avoid answering the door for solicitors, right? Depending on the company, some enable you to save clips of recorded footage online or a local computer.

Without all the cables and wires to contend with, installation has become much easier than systems 10 or 20 years ago. Even FrontPoint Security, one of the nation’s leading home security providers, is so easy to install that the equipment is shipped right to you and you can do it yourself, avoiding the expense of pricey installation fees, such as Comcast’s home security systems whose installation fees start at $199.

Another benefit to remote sensors is that you don’t have to worry about burglars snipping wires to get around your system. It also makes relocating homes much easier. Most upper-scale security providers won’t charge you if you move; simply pack up the equipment, inform them of the change of address, and reinstall them yourself at your new location at no additional cost.

What is Remote Home Security?

Just as your remote home security system can be triggered with remote sensors, you have access virtually anywhere outside of your home. With the use of a smartphone, computer, or other Internet-enabled device, you can access your video feeds, activate and deactivate your security system, and — with some companies who offer such extra features — control your home’s lighting, locks, and thermostat to cut down on expensive utility costs and allow entry from afar. All of this with just the push of a few buttons on your wireless device.

Fun little bonuses include receiving text or email messages to inform you of changes in your residence. This could be something as simple as your children coming home from school, to a power outage, to a break-in. Many companies now boast of protection against fires, floods, and carbon monoxide leaks as well.

There are two types of settings for most security systems: one type, a reactive security system, will send out one of those emails, texts, or phone alerts informing you of something wrong in your home, and requires you to react in order for action to be taken. If you’re the sort to keep your phone with you at all times, this might not be a problem. For those without the ability to monitor their phone quite so frequently, find out if your security provider automatically monitors your system for you. Many do, and will alert the appropriate authorities in the event of a break-in or other emergency.

Are There Downsides?

Without the use of wires and cords, all of your remote objects — sensors and cameras alike — will usually rely solely on battery power to operate, although some sensors have power cords that can be plugged into a convenient outlet. Although these batteries are designed to last longer than your average battery, it’s important to check their battery life often to ensure you aren’t missing out on protection in the event the batteries run dry.

Also, with the remote sensors, ensure that you verify with your security provider any distance limitations, such as the maximum number of feet a sensor can be to the central control panel in order to relay a signal properly. In some larger homes, this might be problematic. Testing of all installed cameras and sensors is highly recommended to confirm the signal is getting through, and nothing is creating interference between sensors and the control panel.

While most companies won’t charge you an installation fee, it’s possible the wireless systems may cost more per month to maintain than traditional (wired) security systems. Some providers also charge extra for you to access your system from your mobile device.

Get Remote Security Systems for Peace of Mind

Whether you travel a lot, spend long hours at work, or simply live in a neighborhood where you worry about the safety of your family and home, security systems can benefit everyone.

Having the ease and peace of mind to access remote home security systems and view for yourself that your home and your family are safe is one way to help ease the stress of our busy lives.

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Mike is a certified low voltage installer with over 10 years of professional experience in the field, much of it working for Cable TV companies. He also has over a decade of experience in the computer field as a network engineer and support specialist. Mike's hobbies include installing high-end audio and video systems.

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